Work trial backed: Growers could meet labour hire needs – Chapman

Voice of Horticulture chair Tania Chapman says the proposed two-year seasonal worker trial will hopefully encourage unemployed youth to return to the workforce.

Voice of Horticulture chair Tania Chapman says the proposed two-year seasonal worker trial will hopefully encourage unemployed youth to return to the workforce.

VOICE of Horticulture chair and Colignan citrus grower Tania Chapman says the Nick Xenophon Team’s (NXT) proposal for a two-year trial to encourage Australian job seekers to take part in seasonal work could help growers meet their labour hire needs.

The Federal Government said it would keep its agreement with NXT despite its decision to reduce its proposed backpacker tax from 19 per cent to 15 per cent.

Under the proposed seasonal workers trial, Australian job seekers receiving the Newstart or Youth Allowance would be eligible to earn $5000 each year from seasonal work without losing their social security payments.

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